“We will work on finding the root cause of your concerns and identify ways to change them by exploring your thoughts and feelings.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I always knew I wanted to help people. I wasn't sure what that would look like until I realized that I always listened attentively to people as they shared their stories with me and that they felt comfortable with me. I pursued a degree in social work and immediately began working with vulnerable communities suffering from mental health issues and medical concerns, in addition to substance use. In time, I decided to open my own practice, which was the best decision I’ve ever made. This allowed me the flexibility to work more closely with clients to achieve their goals.
What should someone know about working with you?
If you are coming to see me, it is because you are definitely ready to work on changing what no longer serves you. We will work on finding the root cause of your concerns and identify ways to change them by exploring your thoughts and feelings. Identifying your feelings, when you feel them, and where they come from will be some of the questions I'll ask in therapy. If you are ready to explore this about yourself, join me!
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Collaborating with other providers is very important to ensure that a client’s needs are being met. I’ve worked with an interdisciplinary team made up of psychiatrists, nurses, dietitians, mental health professionals, and medical providers, which adds necessary support for the individual. I encourage, educate, and empower my clients to seek support from providers in other disciplines to meet their personal goals.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
You may be wondering where to start and how to choose a provider. This can be anxiety-provoking. My recommendation is to take your time and find someone who fits your needs and with whom you feel like you can make a connection. Connection is important when working with someone to address your concerns because you need to be comfortable sharing with them.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
The delivery of therapy through telehealth is very exciting and a big step in the evolution of mental health care. Teletherapy is allowing individuals to receive care when they are unable to meet in person, which opens up access to care.
“Connection is important when working with someone to address your concerns because you need to be comfortable sharing with them.”